Exotic taste of Italy

ABOVE: Christie Marschke and Jan Gurney. rp-021110-011
ABOVE: Christie Marschke and Jan Gurney. rp-021110-011

SO you think it was Maluckyday for some punters in Emerald who went for Americain in the Emirates Melbourne Cup?

Cup celebrations overflowed throughout Emerald as some were rejoicing a win and some were left to rejoice with them.

It was the Melbourne Cup with a touch of Italy for the 110 ladies who attended the Our Rainbow House fundraiser at the Emerald Homestay Gardens, with plenty of champagne to toast the winning horse.

Alison Ray of Our Rainbow House said the day was a big spread of Italian fare in the garden with all proceeds going towards the Our Rainbow House orphanage.

The race wasn’t the only thing to win with sweeps, a silent auction and even an award for the best hat that matched the winning jockey colours, all up for grabs.

Students from Marist College found a way to watch the race with Year 11 and 12 hospitality students assisting in the luncheon held at the Red Orchid.

The students decorated the tables and helped in preparing and serving the lunch and the students with an RSA served drinks from the bar.

The 55 guests were served a delicious four-course meal which won the stomaches of those attending over, even if their horses didn’t do so well.

Just like the horse line-up, there was plenty of food to choose from at the seafood and cold buffet luncheon at the Maraboon Tavern.

A good time was had at the luncheon, with pre-race banter and a fashion parade by Lilli Brown Boutique keeping the ladies entertained.

‘It was the Melbourne Cup with a touch of Italy...’

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